I wrote a small paper about my calling into ministry. I wanted to share a portion of the paper to my NotN community. Hope you guys enjoy.
I’ve always been told that life wasn’t going to be easy for me. There have been times where I have struggled. There have been times where I have made mistakes. There have been times where I have screwed up. But that’s not what this paper is about. This isn’t a paper about my hard times and how I have made it through the worst and want to share the world how I have done it. This isn’t a paper about how I have conquered tough situations and now I feel obligated to help others get through their conflicts. My life has never been about how I have beaten my own strife by my own power. It’s always been about how God has rescued me from the hole of self destruction that I dug myself into. My mistakes were like a shovel digging deeper and deeper into the pit of self-despair. I tried to get out of this pit by my own strength, but that shovel just continued to dig me down into the hole until I felt like there was nothing left. And just when I thought life was coming to an end, a God, the one and only God, reached His hand down into my pit and rescued me from my own tribulations. He loved me so much that He saved me from the destruction of myself. His power was sufficient enough to not only pull me out of that pit, but also direct my life into a completely new direction. My desire and passion for pastoral ministry is deeply rooted with the fact that Jesus saved my life, and I want to see Him save others. It’s never been about what I can by my own energy. It’s always been about watching Jesus’ love change a person’s life. It changed mine, and I know it can change this world.
Jesus has always been there for me. I know that without Him, I would be nothing. My life would be meaningless. I would be like a desolate boat sailing through the seas without a sail. The destination of my boat wouldn’t matter because I’d be going nowhere. And if my boat were to face a storm, I would have nothing to hold me steady. But thankfully Jesus stepped in and gave me that sail. He looked at my boat and gave it a new direction. And every time a storm rocks my boat, I know that His anchor is keeping me from sinking.
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